Published: Wed, May 26, 2021
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Vaxxed woman in Cyprus dies from blood clot

Vaxxed woman in Cyprus dies from blood clot

Ontario residents who received a first dose of the Oxford-AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine in mid-March will be able to book their second shot this week as the province seeks to use up its stockpile before it expires.

The province's Associate Medical Officer of Health Dr. Barbara Yaffe confirmed the death during a press conference on Tuesday afternoon, noting that the man had recieved his first dose of the vaccine sometime in late April.

Yaffe says it's been confirmed that the man had vaccine-induced immune thrombotic thrombocytopenia, (VITT) at the time.

The risk of VITT in Canada has been estimated to be approximately 1 per 55,000 first doses, but several possible cases are still under investigation.

Much to the frustration of eager applicants, the Special Committee for Ensuring Access to Covid-19 Vaccine Supply (JKJAV) announced that the appointment booking for the second round of the AstraZeneca Voluntary Vaccine Initiative was now closed in a tweet posted at 1.27pm.

In mid-May, Ontario's Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. David Williams said the decision to no longer offer AstraZeneca as a first shot was made as the province receives larger shipments of other vaccines, such as Pfizer and Moderna.

In Twitter posting today, the Port Dickson MP said people are being treated as if they were "beggars" chasing for the vaccine by the ruling administration.

"And those who have received the AstraZeneca vaccine must wait at least 12 weeks to get their second dose".

"Cyprus is following instructions from the European Medicines Agency and we have notified the agency about the two cases", Panagiotopoulou said.

"I've seen people coming in who have had one dose but yet are very sick and even have died afterwards", he explains.

"The good point is that we have lots of people wanting to get their second dose", said Williams.

Those who got their first shot of AstraZeneca between March 10 and March 19 became eligible to book their follow-up appointment on Tuesday but many have already taken to social media to complain after discovering that the pharmacy where they received their first shot is not administering second doses.

It's part of the effort to use 45,000 doses of AstraZeneca that are set to expire on Monday, according to the Ontario Pharmacists Association.

Meanwhile, satay operator Hezlinda Md Samsudin, 46, said she was grateful that eventually she could register for the AstraZeneca vaccination for herself and her daughter 55 minutes after the registration opened.

"We don't want to have people queuing up for the second dose while we have people still waiting for their first dose", he said.

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